How I got clearer skin

Three years ago I really didn’t think my skin was a big deal until last summer when I took the pick on the right the exact same day a year later and compared the two. I blamed all my pimples and blemishes on my period or hair products. I didn’t know any better until I started taking better care of my skin. I started a routine that I have stuck to for the past two years and my skin tone is even and yes I still get premenstrual break outs but they disappear just as fast as they appear now. I must also add that I increased my water intake. Everything I’ve read said that we should drink a gallon a day but I only drink about half a gallon or a little bit more a day. So I will break down my routine that I go through religiously every morning and night. 

Step 1 – Washing –

I have oily skin so I wash my face with cold water, yes COLD, to open up my pores while I wash to lessen the oil build up. I wash my face with organic African black soap. I’ve used Shea Moisture and Nubian Heritage brands of black soap and it felt no different than using Dove bar soap so when I stumbled upon Our Earth’s Secrets back in September I don’t plan on using anything else. I also always exfoliate with the wonder puff. I love these puffs because they have the right balance between coarse and gentle. I’ve tried a few other brands but I’ve been using these for over 7months now and I’m never using anything else.

Step 2 – Cleansing & Toning –

I cleanse my pores with witch hazel. I grab a cotton round with 3-4 drops of witch hazel and just wipe all around my face gently. I then follow up with a few splashes of rose water to tone my skin. Now, rose water is being sold all over the place with some outrageous prices. There’s no need to spend over $5 at Walamart or Sephora for rose water. If you’re lucky you can find it at your local grocery store, if not I’ve provided the amazon link for it below. >

Step 3 – Moisturizing!! My favorite part because it’s so calming! So this is the only part of my routine that is not the same in the morning as it is at night. Because of my oily skin I use to think that I had to dry out my skin and the oil it creates would balance it out…WRONG! Turns out I need to apply oil to combat my natural oils so at night I moisturize with Vitamin E oil. The difference for the morning is that I need a moisturizer with sunblock and that’s where my Aveeno daily moisturizer comes in, it’s so light and keeps me moisturized all thru the day.

So there you have it. Along with drinking more water, I also don’t drink soda at all and fruit juice rarely. I’ve never been happier and more confident about how my skin looks and feels!

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